7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live: Learning the Alexander Technique to Explore Your Mind-Body Connection and Achieve Self-Mastery (Paperback)
This is a great book.
Initially the style of drawing lessons from client histories and personal experiences did not grab me. I've read a lot of books in that style which either fall short of delivering on promise, or demand unrealistic dedication from the reader in order to achieve the promised miracle. However this book is much more than an advertisement for The Alexander Technique.
When I really read though MV's unassuming words I was amazed and delighted. She carefully builds up an accurate and easily understandable picture of how the human body works. It effectively explains why we often ache as we get older, and how such pain can be released. This is why I bought the book. A better understanding of my body is already enabling me to resolve some troubling pains in a couple of my joints on my own.
Above and beyond that MV shows by clear example how anyone can improve sports performance, simply by allowing the parts of the brain that deal with motion and co-ordination to do their job, without interference from the rest of the brain.
From my point of view the most brilliant parts of the book are the descriptions of the body's senses and how they work, and the description of the classroom session in which MV explains in detail what happens, and what she does, and what she experiences during an AT session. This section is a must read for anyone who is involved with touch therapies of any kind. It unravels what can appear mystical and turns it into plain common sense.